SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) provides food assistance for 1.5 million low-income New Yorkers including families, the elderly, and the disabled. The program can help you feed your family and afford fresh and healthy food. SNAP comes on a pre-filled debit card and can be used at many locations, including supermarkets, most farmers markets, and some Green Carts.

New York is part of a USDA pilot that allows online SNAP purchases. You can read more about online SNAP purchases on HRA’s website

How to Apply

SNAP On-Demand

Beginning March 1, 2018, NEW SNAP clients no longer have to wait for DSS/HRA to call them at a scheduled time to complete their interview. After they submit their application, clients can now call DSS/HRA at 718-SNAP-NOW (718-762-7669) anytime between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday, for an "on-demand" interview, which will reduce the uncertainty of applying for SNAP and give clients more flexibility. On-demand interviews are now available for all SNAP clients citywide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some SNAP Frequently Asked Questions.


Download instructions for recertifying for SNAP via phone (BRC-901D):